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Jack Thorne

The UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) is awarding screenwriter Jack Thorne with its annual honorary fellowship.

The fellowship will be presented at the NFTS graduation ceremony on March 3 and is given in recognition of Thorne’s work in screenwriting. His credits include Wonder, The Swimmers, Enola Holmes 2 and The Aeronauts.

He is also the creator of BBC series His Dark Materials and wrote the TV films Help and When Barbara Met Alan.

The award also recognises Thorne’s work as an advocate for the disabled community. 

At the 2021 Edinburgh International Television Festival, Thorne delivered the 46th MacTaggart lecture where he spoke on the lack of disability representation within British television.

On accepting the NFTS fellowship, Thorne said: “The National Film and Television School is going through a profound change. At a time when disabled creatives see doors routinely closed to them, it is beautiful and important to see the NFTS open its doors in a new and more accessible way. I’m so thrilled to accept this honour, and delighted with the changes the NFTS are making.”

The school is consulting with disability consultant Ally Castle on how to offer greater inclusion for disabled creatives within the film, television and games industries.

NFTS’ honorary fellowship is given annually and last year was presented to BBC’s chief content officer Charlotte Moore. Other previous recipients include Sam Mendes, Roger Deakins, Terence Davies, Ken Loach, Paul Greengrass, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.